Twelve vertebrae in the middle of the spine with ribs attached make up the thoracic spine. When viewed from the side, this section of the spine is slightly concave.
The upper nine ribs start at the spine, curve around and are joined at the front of the chest. Because the ribs are firmly attached at the back (the spine) and the front (the sternum), they allow for very limited motion in the spine.
The lower three ribs do not join together at the front, but do function to protect the vital organs while allowing for slightly more motion.
Symptoms of Thoracic Spine?
- o If you are above 50 and sudden onset of severe pain or pain localized to spine .
- o Pain due to recent fall or trauma.
- o Pain in hip and leg.
- o Back pain unrelated to posture.
- o Bowel or bladder control problems.
- o Numbness in the groin or rectal area.
- o Extreme weakness in legs.
- o Unsteadiness while walking
- o Fever or weight loss accompanying the pain.
- o Pain that does not lessen over time even after rest
Reasons for Thoracic Spine problems?
Lack of motion or hina yoga of karma and bad posture may affect us when we sit or stand for long periods of time. On the other hand repetitive motion or Ati yoga of karma like too much of bending, lifting or twisting also affects our back.
Other potential causes for backache are:
- • Being overweight
- • Wearing high heeled shoes
- • Carrying heavy weight
The vitiated vata causes stiffness of joints, pain and limits the movements of back.
Ayurveda and Thoracic Spine problems
In the joint space that means all joints in the body.
Visualize middle back pain and those are the joints you are concerned with today.